Independent bookstore now open in lobby of Greenwich Village’s Players Theatre

Bravo's Book Nook is in the lobby of the Players Theatre. (Photo by Gabe Herman)

A new bookstore has come to Greenwich Village, located in the lobby of the Players Theatre at 115 MacDougal St.

The independent bookshop, Bravo’s Book Nook, focuses on offering books on theater, music, children’s books and Greenwich Village history, according to a shop announcement. The store is owned by Michael Sgouros of the historic Players Theatre, which dates back to the 1950s, and Brenda Bell of Literally Alive Theatre, a children’s theater company that has residency in the Players Theatre.

Sgouros and Bell have hired Jory Southurst, previously general manager at Book Culture on the Upper West Side, which closed in January, to manage the store. “We are thrilled to have Jory heading up the Bravo’s Book Nook team,” said Sgouros in a statement.

Bell added, “Jory not only brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the store but his passion for books will be invaluable in creating a great community resource in Greenwich Village.”

Book Culture Event Coordinator Cody Stuart Madsen also sang the praises of Southurst: “Jory is a thoughtful and dedicated bookseller and is going to do an amazing job making Bravo’s a celebrated addition to the Village.”

Bravo’s Book Nook will also host author events that will make use of the off-Broadway theater spaces. The first event is scheduled for March 10, 7 p.m., when authors Pamela Paul and Maria Russo, both editors at the New York Times Book Review, discuss their book on parenting “How to Raise a Reader.”

The bookshop is open 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday to Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. More information at bravosbooknook.com.

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